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Janice Chisholm, MD, FRCPC: 2018 Royal College AMS Donald Richards Wilson Award for CanMEDS Integration

“Dr. Chisholm’s vision, innovation, level of engagement, in combination with interpersonal skills and collaborative abilities makes her an outstanding clinician, teacher, innovator and role model.”

Dr. Janice Chisholm, MD, FRCPC
Anesthesiologist/ Intensivist

  • Anesthesiologist and Clinical Site Chief (Victoria General), Critical Care (QEII Hospital) Nova Scotia Health Authority (NHSA),
  • Competency Based Medical Education Lead and Associate Professor, Dalhousie University
  • Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesia, Pain Management and Perioperative Medicine, and Department of Critical Care (Cross Appointment), Dalhousie University

Dr. Janice Chisholm
Dr. Janice Chisholm is widely known as an innovator and champion of resident education. Her commitment to the integration and teaching of the CanMEDS roles and competency framework is equipping physicians with the attitudes, knowledge and skills required to provide the diversity of care that Canadians need.

Innovator and role model

Dr. Chisholm’s commitment to resident education resulted in the early introduction of a competency-based medical education (CBME) residency program in Dalhousie’s Department of Anesthesia, Pain Management and Perioperative Medicine - including a process that promotes ongoing program evaluation and evolution. The successful introduction was in part due to the countless hours Dr. Chisholm spent on faculty development to prepare for the coming change. Dr. Chisholm also just completed a seven year term as the Dalhousie Anesthesia Program Director.

Today she is leading implementation of CBME for all Dalhousie's Royal College residency programs and is a go-to CBME expert and advisor across Canada and internationally. She is regularly asked to speak in Canada and internationally, and she also collaborates with an international group of CBME educators to share insights and research.

A particular area of interest for Dr. Chisholm since she began her academic career is the role of simulation training for physicians. She played a central role in the development of a critical care simulation program for members of the critical care team. The program integrates all aspects of the CanMEDS framework and is effective for all disciplines and levels. She was the driving force for its integration into the Dalhousie critical care curriculum.

Committed to global health

Dr. Chisholm encourages others to look beyond Canada’s borders to understand the issues of global health and the role of physicians in social accountability. Working with the Canadian Anesthesia Society International Education Fund (CASIEF) Project in Rwanda which provides service and education as Rwanda rebuilds its capacity, Dr. Chisholm engages residents and physician colleagues in this important international development effort.

Dr. Chisholm’s commitment to CBME and other education initiatives earned her Dalhousie's 2016 Program Director of the Year Award for Innovation, the 2017 Faculty of Medicine Award for Excellence in Education and the Canadian Association of Medical Education 2015 Certificate of Merit.